i am happy to inform you that i won't get to the bastok story until after both the windurst and san d'oria ones, assuming i even go that farWindurst Part 11: The Lost Journals
The children go home upset at Honoi-Gomoi's declaration, and Rapifafa tries to convince him to reconsider. Honoi-Gomoi tells Rapifafa that if she cares for the children, she’ll go and disassemble Joker herself, because it’s not likely that Joker will simply sit there quietly if the children are forced to take him apart.
Rapifafa has little choice, so she travels to The House of the Hero, where she expects to find Joker.
Joker was already expecting Rapifafa to come disassemble him, but he pleads that Rapifafa first help him find something in Toraimarai Canal. He claims he was brought back to life for a reason, and this would help shed light on that purpose. The Toraimarai Canal is right under Windurst, so it would not be an unreasonable delay, and Rapifafa agrees.
Before she leaves, a Gate Guard informs her she has received a new mission, apparently a minor one from the Optistery.
Tosuka-Porika informs Rapifafa that the mission he sent to the Gate Guards was actually just a front. He’s been feeling uneasy about The Book of the Gods going blank as well, and he wants Rapifafa to investigate.
He gives a short explanation of what exactly the book is. The book was written by the first Star Sibyl as a “true history”, and was passed down for the benefit for all who would succeed her. Because of the danger contained in this knowledge, it was sealed with powerful spells which could only be broken through the use of the Diza Star, a jewel which hangs from the neck of the Star Sibyl.
Somehow, the previous minister of the Optistery was allowed to open The Book of the Gods and learn the true history. This minister, of course, was none other than Karaha-Baruha. He was allowed to build a laboratory under Windurst, which became a “sixth ministry” of sorts: The Animastery. A venture into this laboratory may reveal some clues. Tosuka-Porika gives Rapifafa the Optistery Ring to open the door to the Animastery, and asks for her to search for it in the Toraimarai Canal.
Rapifafa again travels past the Three Mage Gate of Horutoto Ruins into the Toraimarai Canal. During her search for the Animastery, she finds something curious- a Joker Card. Cards are used to control the Cardians, so it is odd one would be found down in the canals like this.
Rapifafa continues her search in the canals, eventually finding a magically sealed door. It was likely this was the Animastery. She enters using the Optistery Ring.
The room is filled with books of all kinds, scribbled notes littered the floor and there was even a bad in the corner- was this where Karaha-Baruha had spent his final days?
The books contain a wealth of notes from Karaha-Baruha concerning the Horutoto Ruins, the first of which contains the old legend of a wondrous star leading the Tarutaru to the Ruins, which then bound a beast of some kind to the Full Moon Fountain. His notes go on to say that the Optistery records indicate the ruins had indeed been around since the time of the first Star Sibyl, but that the technology within them seemed to point towards the existence of another civilization in the area.
As Rapifafa approaches the last of the tomes, she feels a strange sensation, as if someone were whispering to her.
Before she can touch it, someone behind her warns her not to touch it- it is the Star Sibyl.
She’s puzzled why Rapifafa is here until she spots the Optistery Ring in her hands. The Star Sibyl considers for a moment, and decides that perhaps Rapifafa was guided to this room by the stars, and decides to explain the function of the room.
As Tosuka-Porika had mentioned, the Animastery was built for the previous Optistery minister, Karaha-Baruha, about 25 years ago. He had declared that the ability to draw magic from nature was limited, and so he was looking into drawing magic from living creatures- not normal creatures however, as that would not be sufficient. Karaha-Baruha was trying to draw power from something far more powerful, and that was what saved Windurst during the Great War, the result of which Rapifafa had seen in the Full Moon Fountain.
The Star Sibyl tells Rapifafa that she will not be punished for her trespassing, but that she return to Windurst at once and forget the matter. With nothing left to see here, Rapifafa returns to the Optistery.
Naturally, Tosuka-Porika is distressed at learning that the Star Sibyl was in the Animastery. Fearing any impending punishment, he hands Rapifafa the blank Book of the Gods, asking Rapifafa to use it to secure his freedom should he be imprisoned.
With the mission finished, Rapifafa takes the Joker card she found earlier to the House of the Hero.
With the card in his possession, Joker seems to have found a new clarity, and asks that he be allowed to leave. Rapifafa never really wanted to take him apart to begin with, and this would probably take the problem out of the hands of the children, so Rapifafa agrees.
The next day Rapifafa is given another mission, this time from the Rhinostery.
It seems that Iru-Kuiru, the Tarutaru who was part of the Multinational Expedition 30 years ago, may still be alive, and the Minister Rukususu had run off to the southern continent in pursuit of this rumor.
The Elshimo islands can only be reached by airship, so Rapifafa travels to Jeuno to find a flight to the village of Kazham.Music: Kazham
Kazham is a self-governed fishing village largely populated by Mithra, a home away from home of sorts for any who had left their homeland to the south.
Rapifafa decides to begin her search by speaking with the local chieftainess, Jakoh Wahcondalo.
Jakoh remembers Rukususu, but since all she asked about was from a time from before she was chieftainess, she instead sent Rukususu to their former chieftainess- Romaa Mihgo.
The mother of the famous Cat Burglar is rather stoic by comparison, but she gives Rapifafa the information she needs- Iru-Kuiru had been banished to the Temple of Uggalepih a long time ago, so that’s where she should begin her search.
Much easier said than done, as the temple lies deep within the jungles of Elshimo, which have a maze-like layout, and the available map isn’t much help.
It takes her some time, but Rapifafa finally finds the Temple of Uggalepih.
The temple is inhabited by large amounts of beastmen known as Tonberries. They’re certainly not pleasant to fight, as a well-placed throat stab from their weapon is enough to almost instantly kill any adventurer.
Thankfully Rapifafa’s search is soon over, and she finds Rukususu in what appears to be a study.
Rukususu explains she was trying to follow up on Iru-Kuiru’s work, who was also investigating the truth behind the legends of Windurst’s origins. His work generated a great deal of controversy, and most preferred to continue believing the Tarutaru were led to Sarutabaruta by a wondrous star. Iru-Kuiru did not give up on his work however, and something in his journey to the Northlands led him to Elshimo.
Apparently whatever it was was right in this room, as Rapifafa and Rukususu are confronted by a spirit of some kind, who introduces herself as Grav’iton of the Kuluu. Grav’iton addresses Rukususu as the Star Sibyl and asks if the Tarutaru have lost the power of the Horutoto. When Rukususu explains that the ruins had ceased to function 20 years ago, Grav’iton seems shocked- the towers are responsible for harnessing the power of the moon, and without the towers the power would instead roam the land in the shape of a fiend.
Grav’iton soon notices that the Book of the Gods has lost its magic. She explains the book was written by the first Star Sibyl using that same power and promptly returns some power to the book, hoping it will help guide them as the Kuluu guided the Tarutaru so long ago. With that, Grav’iton disappears.
Rukususu tells Rapifafa that she will need to take the book back to the only person who can read it- Ajido-Marujido.
Before Rapifafa leaves, she decides to read some of the tomes in the room, apparently full of notes left by Iru-Kuiru. Many of the entries recount his journey to the Northlands and his subsequent return. He felt the Northlands were cursed in some way, and his suspicions were only confirmed when he received word of the death of several other members of the expedition. Of particular note, Iru-Kuiru left a note about the ruins of Fei’yin- based on his observations, an ancient race once inhabited those ruins, but were wiped out by some sudden calamity.
With her task done, Rapifafa returns to Windurst with Rukususu. Rukususu asks that Rapifafa not yet reveal what they discovered in the temple, as it’s likely the citizens are not yet ready to know the truth.
For now, Rapifafa was more concerned with just how she was going to get the book to Ajido-Marujido.